Drama Recaps
City Hunter: Episode 8
by | June 19, 2011 | 598 Comments

I can’t get enough of this show. I wail when every episode ends. I gnash my teeth and curse the heavens and wait breathlessly for the next installment. It hurts, but it hurts so good.


HOLY CRAP. She shot him! I mean, I know she doesn’t know that it’s him, but aaaaaaaaah!

The bullet hits him, and for a second, he hovers over the ledge, breathing hard and struggling to jump. I hold my breath.

He flings himself off the roof, leaving Seo Yong-hak behind, and Nana takes off running toward him. He rappels down the side of the building, though it’s really more like a slightly-guided freefall, and he lands with a thud on top of a car.

By the time Nana looks over the ledge, Yoon-sung has crawled off the ground. He gets into his car and drives away.

Young-ju and his team arrive on the roof, and Nana tells him the direction the getaway car was headed.

Yoon-sung manages to get far enough away, but struggles to stop the bleeding. He calls Ajusshi, who doesn’t pick up because he’s in the middle of his own getaway, after having been caught with the fake badge.

Seo Yong-hak finally comes to, and upon hearing that the election rally has been postponed, he gets in an uproar about being perfectly fine and not willing to lose this opportunity to get voters. He angrily tells Young-ju to catch the man who kidnapped him, and gives his rousing speech on stage.

Jin-pyo sits in the audience and scowls, knowing that something went wrong today. He’s met outside by trusty sidekick Sang-gook, who tells him that he heard a shot fired, but he must’ve gotten away, and the police are well, policing.

Young-ju and his team survey the roof, and the two biggest clues are: the rope (tied in some newfangled fancy way they’re unfamiliar with), and the blood. Aw crap. Young-ju orders a DNA test to be done right away. Double crap. I mean, I know Yoon-sung’s probably got false identities for miles, but he had to have something on file to be hired at the Blue House, no? This is bad.

But the more immediate question is how the hell is he going to survive the next two hours? He breaks a window and steals into a darkened room – it’s Sae-hee’s veterinary clinic, which will have the basic medical supplies he’ll need. Smart boy.

And then? He proceeds to do that one most badass of things… He digs the bullet out of his own goddamn back. Aaaaauuuugh. No matter how many times I watch an action hero do that, I will never fail to be impressed and equally grossed out. *swoon/shudder*

Problem is, Sae-hee returns to the office because she forgot something, and she notices the broken glass. For some reason (though thankfully I suppose) she decides to inspect the place herself instead of calling the cops.

She goes in to the exam room and turns the light on, not noticing that Yoon-sung is standing in the corner right behind her. Chills.

She turns around and gasps to see him there, trembling and bloody. Without explanation, he says suddenly vulnerable, “That thing you said you owed me… Can I collect on that favor now?”

Ah, NOW I SEE why there’s a vet in the story! Is anyone else having a Duh Lightbulb moment here? Just me? ‘K then.

She stitches him back up, and he gets his pretty boy sense of humor back long enough to ask if it’ll scar. Ha. He wonders why she’s not asking him what happened, or why he’s here.

But she’s totally calm about the whole thing, and surmises that there must be a reason he came to an animal vs. human hospital. She’s familiar with the type of wound, having treated one like it before, and so can guess what happened, but doesn’t press for more. I all of a sudden REALLY like her.

She hooks him up to an IV and turns on the tv, which reports news of Seo Yong-hak winning the primary – he’s now the majority party’s candidate for President. But the story doesn’t stop there, and reports of his attempted kidnapping, with the culprit still at large after having been shot.

Though the coincidences are too large for anyone to ignore, she doesn’t say a word, and offers for him to stay at the clinic for the night, since the streets are lousy with cops. She makes the offhanded comment, “Why do I suddenly feel like I’m a character in a movie?”

Way to be self-referential. Well this does officially give you significant character status, since now you’re the only one who knows that Yoon-sung isn’t some cowardly desk jockey. No, he digs out his own bullets, and there’s kind of no goin’ back from that.

Yoon-sung gets interrupted by a call from Dad, who’s so hardcore that he’s more pissed than worried. Gah. Did you dig out your own heart and feed it to the elephants? Your son was SHOT. He barks at him to get his ass over there at once. It’s almost like a normal dad scolding a normal son, except it goes more like you are SO grounded for not killing your target! ISSUES.

Nana comes home and waits up for Yoon-sung, unable to keep the day’s events from flooding her brain. Something about it rattles her and she struggles to push it out of her mind.

Yoon-sung falls asleep at the vet and has a nightmare where he and Nana face each other, guns cocked. In the dream he’s being chased and she’s the shadowy relentless one, and she shoots first.

He gasps for air and looks at her, frozen. Then Jin-pyo appears between them, shouting at him to shoot her. Then it goes dark, and they both fire on each other.

They lie on the ground, both bleeding out, and finally turn towards each other. Nana cries and he struggles to reach for her bloody hand. He clasps it for a few seconds before she dies, and dies alongside her.

Damn, how can a nightmare so literal be so traumatic? I love that now his fear is two-fold; he’s always been scared that he’ll hurt Nana, but now he’s just as scared that she’ll hurt him.

It startles him awake, and then he grips his shoulder in pain. He sees Sae-hee asleep, hunched over at her desk.

In the morning, Nana grumbles that Yoon-sung stayed out all night, huffy at the obvious implication. “Master of the One-Night Stand! Busy Every Night Man! The man who resents, resents, resents that all 24 hours in the day aren’t night!” Hahaha.

She gets so worked up that she chokes on her own toothpaste, and then gets mad at him for causing her nothing but grief, as if it’s his fault. Heh.

Sae-hee returns to the clinic in the morning bearing one of Young-ju’s old suits that never got cleared out of her place. Yoon-sung looks surprised, so she explains that the prosecutor is her ex-husband. OH. Well that explains a LOT.

I always thought they were way too close to be simple exes, and just assumed they had a really long history. The fact that they were married, eventually ending because he consistently chose work over her, his protectiveness, her resentment, his trust in her, why she knows his secrets… it’s all coming together.

It also makes things really complicated, if she’s going to start keeping one man’s secrets from the other.

She checks on the wound and re-bandages it, her hands drifting…

Oh, get your mind out of the gutter!

She notices all the other scars on his back, saying, “These wounds must’ve hurt a lot…” He quickly puts his shirt back on, making it awkwardly clear that it’s not up for discussion.

She tells him to take his meds and then adds cheekily that her hospital doesn’t accept insurance. “You’re about the size of a large retriever, so I’ll charge you that price. 50,000 won.” [50 dollars, give or take] Hehehehe. She says an expensive dinner will do as well, so he laughs and says he’ll take her out next time.

She walks him out and they say their goodbyes, which is right when Nana walks up and sees them smiling at each other. Oh, dear. Well, I guess he really did spend the night with her this time, so there’s no talking your way out of this one.

To make matters worse, she’s carrying a suit for him to change into (presumably this vet office is just on her morning commute route, and she’s bringing the suit to work), but seeing him with Sae-hee again flips her out and she goes running in the other direction… right smack into a guy on a bike.

Yoon-sung sees her and picks up the bag with his suit, and tries to stop her to talk. She refuses and keeps walking ahead, until finally he puts a hand on her shoulder and she body slams him to the ground, landing him on his bum shoulder. Ouuuuuch.

He asks why she’s running away like she did something wrong, though she denies it, of course. He tells her not to jump to conclusions, but she’s heard that one before, and now wonders what’s really true and what’s misunderstood.

He takes a step closer to her. “Do you… like me?” She stutters, “Who said I liked the Bad Luck Bastard?” He tells her not to concern herself with his personal affairs, since it’s overstepping her bounds. Aw, he’s probably trying to nip her feelings in the bud before it gets them both killed, but still… WAH.

She now regrets having thought of him enough to bring him clothes, and he just mocks her fashion sense, or lack thereof. She counters that he seems to have a stash of clothes at this house too, so he can coordinate his outfit however he likes. So there. Heh. That’s so ineffectual it’s cute.

At work it’s back to the firing range, and Yoon-sung gets paired up with Nana, who shoots her target with deadly accuracy. The agent in charge tells them to think of the target as the kidnapper who got away, and when Nana hits the target right through the neck, Yoon-sung actually cringes.

He steadies his gun to take a shot, but his hand trembles and he finally puts it down, too rattled to fire. I love this turn – that now Nana is kind of terminator-scary, and Yoon-sung is no longer indestructible.

As they walk away he asks if she likes being a secret service agent, and wonders if she can’t teach judo to kids or something. Oh, NO. Don’t be that guy. He asks how many women in Korea could shoot a gun like that. Dude, this is totally not the tactic you want to go with. I mean, don’t you know girls at all? I’d be like, That’s right. Just ME. Badass, huh?

He tries a different tactic, worrying that if she hadn’t shot the City Hunter first, she’d have gotten shot. She scoffs that he sure was busy with his love life for someone so concerned for her well-being. Eeep. One point, Nana.

She laments, “I should’ve caught the City Hunter last night.” He asks, a little scared to hear the answer, “Do you think the City Hunter is a bad person?”

She pauses, “Well, because I have to protect Seo Yong-hak. That’s my job.”

That it is. He sighs, watching her go. Oh, I hate this soldiers-on-opposite-sides thing, and yet… I LOVE IT. It wrings my heart, but in a good way.

Young-ju’s team finds that all the CCTV cameras in that building were shut off, and remotely by hacking into the police security system. The origin IP is the Blue House. Okay, this again? How come MIT doctor is so bad at hiding his virtual footprints?

Young-ju descends upon the communications team once again, announcing that he’ll be collecting every single computer in the place for inspection. I’m getting a sheriff vibe from him, like in old westerns. He’s totally riding high on being that righteous long arm of the law.

He turns to leave but then stops in his tracks at the sight of Yoon-sung, sitting there wearing his suit and smirking up at him. Ha. I love this. So much information exchanged in just two silent looks.

As soon as he walks out, Yoon-sung gets started in erasing his digital trail. You really ought to have done that before the sheriff came knocking, but I suppose you had a bullet to contend with first.

Young-ju finds Yoon-sung in the bathroom and asks, “That suit and that tie…”

Yoon-sung snickers and answers, “Yeah, you’re right. They’re your clothes, given to me by Jin Sae-hee,” and walks out.

Young-ju rushes after him, grabbing him by the injured shoulder. “Are you always this light? With all women?” (Read: easy.)

He tosses back breezily that it’s not even his style so he wasn’t going to wear it any longer anyway, adding, “But in a game that’s already over, isn’t your interest a little funny?”

He turns to go, but Young-ju slams him against the wall (again, right on the bum shoulder, aaaack!), yelling:

Young-ju: Sae-hee is someone to be pitied! She needs to meet someone right, not YOU!”
Yoon-sung: What’s the matter with me?
Young-ju: She’s too innocent for you to play around with her.
Yoon-sung: WHO SAYS I’M PLAYING WITH HER?! Aren’t you really afraid that I’m sincere? Clean up your own feelings. I’m not the one playing Daddy Long Legs, skulking around behind someone.

Ooooooooooo. Dayum. Why is this smackdown so hot?

Young-ju’s problem is clearly that he feels so guilty about his part in the failed marriage that he feels sorry for Sae-hee instead of treating her like an equal. Yoon-sung’s outburst right back at him surprised me—and wow was it effective—it probably scared the bejeezus out of Young-ju, who now thinks that the playboy version of him is the least of his worries.

But my favorite part, of course, is that somebody finally gave him some shit about being Nana’s lurky Daddy Long Legs. ‘Cause I’m with Yoon-sung on that one. And the look in his eye when he felt so exposed… gah, good stuff.

Ajusshi finally escapes, riding the subway back and offending others with his dumpster smell. Yoon-sung meets him on the train and Ajusshi starts to cry at the sight of him, and Yoon-sung hugs him tight. AW. I seriously love these two.

They’re so relieved that the other made it out alive, and Ajusshi whimpers into Yoon-sung’s chest, while he laughs and smiles.

They go to see Dad, who smacks Yoon-sung in the face the second he sees him. Aw, it breaks my heart to see him bowing his head in fear of Evil Daddy.

He apologizes (apparently getting shot is YOUR mistake, in this family), but Dad yells that instead of giving Seo Yong-hak a bullet, he’s given him wings. Yoon-sung knows he screwed up, and doesn’t make excuses.

He digs the knife, “Have you forgotten how your father died?” He declares Yoon-sung’s methods too soft, and announces that he’s out of the game. But that’s not an option for Yoon-sung, and he fights back, “This is MY revenge too!”

His fierceness is enough to win Dad’s trust for now. Jin-pyo: “But I will not tolerate a second mistake.” This guy seriously makes Average Korean Dad seem like a big fluffy teddy bear with a tummy made of pudding. I mean, the way he checks to see if his son’s bullet wound is healed? By hitting it with his cane. HA. WTF, Dad?

They discuss their plans for the next opportunity to get to Seo Yong-hak, during a live broadcast. Ajusshi worries that security will be even tighter, and the secret service on edge. Dad orders Yoon-sung to kill any agents who get in their way. Oh no. No more shooting!

Ajusshi cooks a meal for Yoon-sung at home, and frets over his heavy sighing. “Do you want me to feed it to you?” Hahahaha. I love Ajusshi-as-mommy so much.

He asks who the agent was who shot him… Yoon-sung tells him that it was Nana. Ajusshi: “NANA?! Nana shot you?!” I know. We’re right there with ya, buddy.

Yoon-sung tells him that he’s pretty sure she didn’t see him or notice anything weird, so they’re in the clear for now. Problem is, they’ve got to find a way to get her out of the next Big Plan, otherwise things’ll get hairy all over again.

Yoon-sung remembers that he once accidentally tripped her and sprained her ankle. Ajusshi: “No! You could break her leg!” Yoon-sung: “Should I slip some laxatives into her food?” Ajusshi: “But a woman… having to run around with diarrhea all day…” LOL.

Then Ajusshi gets a bright idea and whispers it in Yoon-sung’s ear (for no one else’s benefit but ours, since NO ONE else lives there, ha). Yoon-sung: “She could DIE!”

Next thing you know, they’re up on Nana’s roof, and sitting on the ledge are: a soccer ball, two flowerpots, and a bucket of apples. Hahahaha. I think this is a bad idea, guys. Yoon-sung agrees, “Ajusshi, no matter how I think it over, I don’t think this is it…”

But Ajusshi insists that it’s better than giving her diarrhea all day. She arrives, and they scramble. Yoon-sung has to stop Ajusshi from throwing a brick and a large flowerpot, “No, not that one! She’ll die!” but as they struggle, the smaller flowerpot and a cooking pot go flying down.

The copper pot hits Nana square on the top of her head, followed directly by the flowerpot, and she crouches to the ground with an “OW!” She looks up, and the guys duck in a panic. Yoon-sung: “You don’t think she died, do you?” HAHAHAHA.

She shouts up at them, assuming it’s a couple of kids playing a prank, “You guys are all dead!” Ajusshi: “She’s fine…”

The boys stare at each other wide-eyed in fear. Ajusshi: “RUN!” You clowns. I hope Nana beats your heads together.

Next, Yoon-sung buys a round of coffee for Nana, Eun-ah, and Da-hae, making sure to dose Nana’s coffee with laxatives. He doles out the coffees and then tries to WILL her to drink it by chanting in his mind, “Kim Nana, drink it. Drink it. Driiiiiiiiiiink.” So cute.

Only it seems to have the opposite effect, or perhaps on the wrong person, as Eun-ah declares her coffee more delicious looking, and asks her to swap. She downs the whole thing, and Yoon-sung cringes. Heh.

I love the comedy of all his failed attempts to keep her from her job.

Da-hae decides that she must sing, so they head to a noraebang and she sings a ballad and then plops down next to Yoon-sung, telling him that she cried while singing. Da-hae: “Wasn’t it a sad song?” Yoon-sung: “I think your grades are sad.” Pffft.

While the girls head to the bathroom, Yoon-sung meets with Ajusshi, who treats his wound and brings his meds. It’s cute that Yoon-sung’s been pretending to be fine with everyone else like Dad (to prove he’s capable) or outsiders (to keep his injury hidden), but lets Ajusshi take care of him.

Nana tells the girls she’ll wait outside while Da-hae primps and Eun-ah feels the full effect of choosing the wrong coffee. She looks over and sees Ajusshi making his exit, and her face goes white.

Flashback to her parents’ accident, where many astute viewers have already noted, Shik-joong was present. This time we see him give a statement to the cops while she cries over her parents’ bodies.

Back in the present, her memory flashes as she trembles, “That person… Bae Man-duk!” She runs out after him, calling his name, but Ajusshi hides in time before she catches up to him. He hangs his head guiltily and slips away, as Nana searches high and low for her first lead in probably ten years.

Meanwhile, all hell has broken loose in the women’s restroom, all because random girls have taken to insulting the President’s youngest daughter, and Da-hae is too young and foolish to just suck it up.

She starts a knock-down catfight, complete with hair pulling and screeching, and of course Eun-ah is too… incapacitated to do anything to stop it. The whole thing spills outside to the hallway where plenty of people catch it on video, because that’s what society has come to. Sad, but true.

Nana and Eun-ah get their heads ripped off by their boss, all while Da-hae’s walk on the violent side plays on YouTube on his computer. Heh. He particularly cuts Nana’s heart out by insulting her father’s name, or rather accusing her of dragging his name down with her bad work ethic. Ouch. He punishes them by reducing Eun-ah’s pay for a month, and Nana’s pay for six months, plus two weeks’ suspension, no pay. Damn, that’s harsh.

She walks out, her suspension effective immediately, and Yoon-sung catches up to her to say that he heard the news. He tells her to rest up, and to use the time to clean the house, since it’s a little dirty.

She spins around, angry tears bubbling up, and asks how he can tell her to clean when he must know how she feels right now. He stammers that he did also tell her to rest (ha) but she’s in no mood for his attitude. “Men like you are the worst.”

No argument here. Men that hot usually ARE the worst.

He sighs as he watches her go, and says to himself, “You have no idea how thankful a suspension is.” The second part of that sentence has an unspecified object, so it could be read as either: how thankful for you, or how thankful for me. Works both ways, and well, it’s true both ways.

It now occurs to me that Yoon-sung could’ve somehow sent in those random girls on purpose to antagonize Da-hae, but that seems like too many factors to be able to foresee. And if he’s thankful, he’s probably just relieved he doesn’t have to face off with her at gunpoint all over again. He should REALLY be grateful that he got her off duty without having to pull any more crazy stunts, which he was hilariously bad at.

Nana goes home and sits on the roof, remembering the last time she saw Ajusshi. She flashes back to a few days after the accident, when she had come to the police station wearing her funeral clothes, to ask why all of a sudden her father went from being the victim of the accident to the culprit.

The officer explains that the eye witness was drunk that night, and has revised his story. And though stammering, Ajusshi affirms his now revised eye-witness account, that her father’s car was the cause of the accident, and the other car merely stopped to avoid the crash.

Oh, holy hell. So basically the other driver (who Nana believes is Kim Jong-shik, aka Young-ju’s dad) got to Shik-joong first and paid him off or threatened him, or all of the above so that he’d change his story.

The officer calls him by name, Bae Man-duk, and he signs his statement and gets up to go. Nana pleads with him over and over, to no avail. She crumbles on the spot and cries, powerless to do anything and totally alone.

Ajusshi turns the corner and then watches her, guilt already settling in.

Back in the present, Nana murmurs to herself that it was him; she’s sure. She just needs to find that man again, because that’s how she’ll reopen the investigation.

Yoon-sung finds her there and tosses her some tissues, teasing that if she’s going to be crybaby, she should do it at home. She starts to walk away in a huff, but he grabs her by the hand and drags her downstairs and sticks her in his car. She demands to know why he’s doing this.

Yoon-sung: “Because I’m the worst!” Ha. Wait… is this YET ANOTHER car? How many cars does this boy have? A different car for every fling? For every pair of pink trousers?

She asks where they’re going, and he tells her that he’s trying to lift her spirits. Nana: “Why are you so good to me?” Yoon-sung: “Because we live together, like family.” Nana: “No you were, even before we lived together.”

She tells him that he talks ugly, but in fact he’s always doing nice things, like paying her father’s hospital bill, buying her house, getting her bandaids, taking her for a drive. Awww… she’s totally on to you! You big ol’ softie.

He just dismisses it, disliking all this nice talk, and instead tells her that whatever she says or does today he’ll keep it a secret. He tells her to yell or break things, or whatever she wants, and even gets her started by yelling at Da-hae.

She totally lets out her frustration, yelling out in banmal at her boss, at Eun-ah. She adds for good measure, “And you, Lee Yoon-sung! The way you look, the stuff you do, you’re a total Bad Luck Bastard!”

He throws back an insult that she thinks she’s so badass ’cause she’s good at judo and carries a gun, giving her the nickname Big Liver Girl, which sounds weird, but having a big liver is a colloquialism for being brave. They laugh adorably and he asks if she feels better now, and she nods, smiling from ear to ear.

They stop at a tree-lined dirt road and over coffee he asks if he’s really such a bad luck charm, insisting that MANY girls go gaga over him. What? That’s ludicrous. Why, what have you heard?

It starts to rain and his convertible top won’t close, so they race off, getting soaked to the bone. He takes her to his house since it’s closer and she cautiously walks inside. He turns to look at her, finally noticing her soaking wet in a white shirt, and has a little gaga moment himself.

Gulp. He finally snaps out of it long enough to toss her his jacket and a snide over-compensating remark, that he’s just ruined his eyes.

I’m just amazed that the first question out of her mouth isn’t And why do you live at my house again? He gives her a shirt to wear and they each shower, and Yoon-sung tends to his painful bullet wound, looking a lot worse for wear.

He comes out and finds Nana in the kitchen, but freezes in his tracks at the sight of her in nothing but his white shirt. Omg, I love watching him go googly-eyed over her.

She asks him to turn on his newfangled electric stove so she can cook some ramen, and he helps her awkwardly, the close proximity getting to be a little too much for him. She looks for bowls while he does that, and finds them sitting up on a shelf designed only for giants and supermodels.

Yoon-sung looks over at her reaching and jumping up, dangerously close to being nekkid as a result, and he nearly puts out the lights in the whole city trying to tamp down his reaction.

He reaches up and gets the bowl for her, making them awkwardly close again. Eeeee! The sexual tension is enough to drive him out of the kitchen for good. “Eat by yourself! I don’t want any!” Heh.

He puts out wine and fruit though, and in a bit of meta, she watches Prosecutor Princess (which City Hunter‘s PD Jin Hyuk also directed) and falls asleep.

He sees her sleeping on the couch and tucks her in, watching her sleep in that totally smitten way. He brushes the hair out of her face and gets up, but then stops and turns around…

He leans down toward her face and traces her eyebrow with his finger, totally making me swoon. And then he leans in ever so slowly, to kiss her…

And she opens her eyes. Eeep!

He stops, but he doesn’t pull away either (So. Hot.) and she squeezes her eyes shut. Omo! Green light! Do it! Do it!

He moves at the pace of molasses, which is both making me crazy, and making me crazy

He gets thisclose, and then the phone rings.



Dad, you have the WORST timing ever! Show, I love and hate you so much right now.

What’s worse is that Dad calls to say super obvious things about tomorrow being D-Day, and I’m screaming, Yeah, we already know! Can we get back to the almost-kissing?!

But the moment has passed, and he curtly tells Nana to sleep. How’s a girl to sleep when you were so very recently close to her lips?

He stays up and prepares for tomorrow, the stress and his weakened condition starting to really take a toll.

He drops her off at home in the morning. She thanks him for everything yesterday, and sheepishly asks if she should make something for dinner, wondering what he likes. He says he likes glass noodles with no onions or carrots, just beef, and heads off.

The problem is, Nana gets a call from her boss that Seo Yong-hak had her there through every recent crisis, and doesn’t feel safe without her there. So she’s reinstated. Oh crap.

It’s time for the live broadcast of the presidential debate, and the show begins, with Nana and Young-ju on the sidelines and Yoon-sung getting ready backstage. He starts by gassing the director’s booth, and then when Seo Yong-hak cues a video clip, Yoon-sung plays the recording of his shady deal with Mars. Nice.

He quickly ditches his gas mask for the black one and starts his way out, only Young-ju is pretty certain the City Hunter is behind this, and catches up to him. What commences is a damn good fight, mostly because the music is cut for great dramatic effect (love) and Yoon-sung is severely injured, making it evenly matched and even a little in Young-ju’s favor.

He manages to shake him off long enough to get a head start. Nana leads Seo Yong-hak out a different way… leading straight to the same corridor where Yoon-sung ends up.

Nana points her gun at him and Yoon-sung freezes, seeing her there. Young-ju comes careening after him, so now he’s totally trapped between them.

Nana squints her eyes for a second, possibly a glint of recognition, but he’s too far to see clearly. And then panicking, Seo Yong-hak grabs the gun from Nana’s hand, and then TURNS it… on her! What the hell, crazy?

But it’s his survival instinct that’s kicked in now, not logic, and he threatens to shoot her if they come any closer. Now all of a sudden Young-ju’s standing next to the City Hunter with his hands in the air in a total reversal.

Nana waits and then sees her moment to elbow Seo and get the gun out of his grasp, only her getting away from him means flipping over and hanging off the ledge, up many many stories.

Seo takes off running and Jin-pyo watches it all from down below, surveying the events with a scowl.

Young-ju and Yoon-sung both take off running at the same time…

…only Young-ju zooms past Nana towards Seo Yong-hak, while Yoon-sung runs straight for her. Everyone with me now: And this is why you’ll never get the girl, prosecutor.

Yoon-sung grabs her hand just in time as she loses her grip, and struggles to hang on. His shoulder sears with pain and he starts to bleed down his arm all the way to her hand, and she clutches his hand as his strength starts to give…


YAY! You learned how to do cliffhangers right! I’m so proud! These last two episodes had amazing endings, finally the kind that drives this sort of series and keeps me wound up and on the edge of my seat, dying for more. Pitch-perfect.

I love our first glimpse at a vulnerable Yoon-sung in this episode. It’s always in these moments that the hero feels most like us—not quite so perfect, not fully prepared, not bulletproof. He was already plenty relatable through his personal relationships, but seeing him spend a whole episode not at peak physical shape, having to rely on other people, makes him more human and highlights the fact that he really puts his life on the line to do what he thinks is right.

It might not be so heroic if he were just hell-bent on revenge at any cost like his father, but he’s on his way to becoming a champion for the people, which is exactly what all these politicians claim to do, but lose sight of on their rise to power.

And we’ve learned now that Nana is one of those people, too young and too powerless to have stopped the cover-up that tarnished her good father’s name, and that she carries that massive chip on her shoulder because of that experience. It makes a little more sense for her character—why she’s so rash and brave, often times overcompensating and trying to appear so strong.

I love that their growing attraction is mutual, and all the built-in complications keeping them apart. It’s actually something that I liked about Prosecutor Princess too, so maybe the reference wasn’t so random, though this show is much more effective because the stakes are life-and-death. The bigger the stakes, the better the conflict. That’s just the way it goes.

And the final moment of choice, highlighting the vast difference between Yoon-sung and Young-ju? Gold. Why so cool, Show? Just hand me a spoon. I’ll eat it up.


598 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. diw

    my hearts skips a beat everytime i see yunsong and shikjong ajusshi so chummy over the screen …kyaa so adorkable

    • 1.1 marea

      As much as i love the bald guy, i wish he’ll not die during any mission to save city hunter.

      • 1.1.1 Ani

        Oh man, you just jinxed it. Sad day. But I agree with you, I hope Ajusshi lives too. Batboy can’t afford another loss in his life.

        • diw

          shik jong adjushii cannot die…….. he still must have to help nana and witness to the court that Youngju’s father is the culprit. It will also help the City hunter uncover the bad deed of the 4th member of the council of five….. if he has any aside from the 1983 killing of 20 soldiers

      • 1.1.2 Adeka

        for some reason I didn’t think of that.

        I REALLY hope nothing happens to him, Nana, or Yun Song.

    • 1.2 milabs25

      I could not agree more!i sooo lurve this drama!minho has improved a lot with his acting prowess!but still DAMN HOT!can’t wait for episodes 9 and 10!^^

      • 1.2.1 MMNN

        totally agree!
        And how I love “%^$&#*#(@*^%^@#&*@#*$^@%#@%^#@&@#&!!!!!!!!”
        Thanks so much for such an interesting recap!!!!!

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    • 1.4 Hazel

      watch City Hunter Episode 8 English Subbed here: http://www.kimchidramas.net/2011/06/city-hunter-episode-8.html

  2. bluestar

    Thank you so much for the recap GF!!

    I LOVE City Hunter and I LOVE Lee Min-Ho!!! Hot damn, he’s HOT!!!

    This drama is getting better and better! Can’t wait till Wednesday! 🙂

  3. Vai

    City Hunter! City Hunter! City Hunter! City Hunter! City Hunter! City Hunter! City Hunter! City Hunter! City Hunter! City Hunter! City Hunter! City Hunter! City Hunter! City Hunter! City Hunter! City Hunter! City Hunter! City Hunter! City Hunter! City Hunter! City Hunter! I LOVE YOU!

    • 3.1 cookie

      Can someone PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell me what the name of the song is at the end? ;_;

      Thank you very much in advance <3

  4. amy

    Lee Min-ho has once again shown that he is the best when it comes to acting plus hotness. Love the man and this drama. Fighting!

  5. samgetang

    He is Lee MOAN Hot! 🙂


    Thanks, GF! You have outdone yourself! You and JB need some massage and aromatherapy for all your tireless work.

    “And the final moment of choice, highlighting the vast difference between Yoon-sung and Young-ju? Gold. ”

    Where did Young-ju go? Why isn’t he helping YS save Kim Nana? Do you mean to say he went after the errant presidentiable? I think they looked at each other and they both agreed he will save the girl and the other will catch the man. These two are doing such perfect synchronized team work….despite their differences.

    • 5.1 posh♥

      I don’t think they had agreed on something. Although YJ is NaNa’s daddy long legs, YJ has this trait that he is very focus on his work (he even broke up w/ SH because of work, right?) so, I am in favor of gf’s claim that– that part is GOLD!

      • 5.1.1 samgetang

        It was a silent agreement. Check out that scene again. Just before they both dash off, they looked at each other eye to eye which seem to say you get the guy, i get the girl sort of split-second understanding. For YJ’s workaholic ways I dont think he will leave Kim NaNa just like that hanging in mid-air (she could die!) to someone whom he is actually pursuing, that being the CHunter. And he would not choose to pursue Seo instead when he knows he cant go very far because his case is in the bag anyway after that revealing video. For that split-second there was a seeming understanding between YS and YJ. Somewhat surprising actually because YJ does not know that was YS and yet he trusted him. Maybe because the CHunter had been helping him all along and he thought he was doing all of these things to help the nation and not for personal revenge.

        • Jomo

          Hold on!
          I have to watch this again. Why would YJ trust the CH to take care of Nana?

          • samgetang

            I dont really know, Jomo.

            But from the perspective of YJ, if he knew YS was the CH he might not let him save Nana because he does not trust YS as he previously said to his face in the case of his ex-wife what more with Nana? Now why would he rather run after Seo and leave Nana to the CH? Is he that cold-blooded to choose work over Nana…in that life and death situation? Or was it because he trusted the CH would do the right thing over Nana knowing he had been helping him with his cases all along?

            Beats me.

        • koreandramalover/kdl

          samgetang, you are spot-on, dear! 😉

          i caught the slightest sideways look from both YS and YJ right before both of them started running AT THE SAME TIME but AT DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS…

          sooooo…there has to have been an unspoken understanding between them…
          that since YS was standing closer to the ledge, YS should run towards KNN to save her, while YJ goes after the crazy-cowardly politician…

          • samgetang

            yes, kdl…although YJ wants to catch CH he seems to have a subconscious respect and trust for him…which could explain why he would entrust the saving of Nana to the CH.

          • koreandramalover/kdl

            @samgetang dearie 😉

            yes, to me you are right again in terms of how both YS and YJ seem to be on the same frequency on a subconscious level because they are so alike –

            both fighting for the greater good in their respective and unique ways…and thus they can recognise each other??

            the epitome of the adage – great minds think alike 😉

          • samgetang

            you say it well, mah friend.

          • koreandramalover/kdl

            my dear one and only samgetang 😉

            you say whats on my mind better than i could articulate them myself… 😉

          • zgznoona

            I guess I’m the only one who thinks YJ (though he might have develop some feelings for Nana) he only takes care of her because he feels guilty. He’s father put Nana in the world she lives now and he tries to make up for it. But what he really cares about is his job.
            What kind of understanding could be between the two if YJ doesn’t know CH is YS, and Nana almost killed CH the day before? If YJ really cares for Nana will he entrust her life in CH hands?
            Not so sure about it. But then again that is the way I see it.

          • Eleven11

            I agree with zgznoona, to an extent..

            I feel like even though there was non-verbal communication between the two, it does not nullify girlfriday’s interpretation of the significance of the choice.

            Maybe City Hunter was standing closer and thats why he went to Nana, but I still think it is symbolic of their relative positions. There is no way CH would have left Nana hanging, while Young-Ju may have been more hesitant to prioritise personal feelings over work – not that he wouldn’t, just that he’d be more hesitant.

            I do find it believable that Young-Ju would feel they could trust each other though, as he’s always shown that he is sympathetic to CH’s actions in taking down the corrupt, and probably thinks of him as an idealistic vigilante rather than a terrorist. They are both men with a passion for justice and an underlying understanding of that, them working together when it comes to the quick is entirely believable for me.

          • samgetang

            @ kdl: love you to bits, kdl! i still think u say it very nicely and clearly…

            @zgznoona: on whether YJ loves his work more than Nana, we will have to wait and see. as to the guilt, i think giving a girl a fancy pink wallet with a cute charm and sending cards might just be taking his guilt too far 🙂 but no doubt, he loves his work with much passion! as to the understanding between YJ and YS it was all a spur of the moment thing and was unspoken, if my guess is right.

            @eleven11: yes, the unspoken thing between the two guys does not contradict with GF’s observation that YJ would choose duty over affections. in a split-second decision he chose to run after Seo rather than save Nana.

          • bubbleyum

            hmmm i dunno,

            as you pointed out, if the prosecutor does not know that city hunter is yoon-sung, i don’t think that exchanged look was a silent agreement.

            when i saw them look at each other, to me it seemed more like a competitive glare. only turns out that yoon-sung’s priority was nana, and young-joo’s priority was catching the wayward defense minister.

            although i must say, now several people have seen city hunter close-up with nothing but a dumb black mouth-warmer covering less than half of his face. nana, the prosecutor, etc. how can they not recognize him?? hey should recognize him even if he had his whole back turned to them! this must be another one of those “dumb” drama moments that we all agree to overlook for the sake of the story. hah.

          • L

            I don’t think so? I think YS did look at YJ but YJ didn’t really look at YS. I mean there is no reason for YJ to think that YS would care enough about Nana to save her rather than run after his target.

          • samgetang

            @ bubbleyum: competitive glare and not a silent agreement? also a possibility. both constitute non-verbal communication, yes.

            LOL! yes, we have to suspend disbelief that nobody has yet recognized YS behind his black mask even at close-up range, hehe…

            @L: YJ was not looking at him as YS but as CH and the CH he knew could be on his side and after the same things he is after…

          • Eleven11

            Yeah, see, the mask would do nothing to hide his identity from me if I were somehow in this drama world. His face is pretty, but I spend faaaaaar too much time looking at his ..other assets.

            Too. Much. Time.

            Seriously. When he got shot I was a little happy, only because I knew he would have to take his shirt off more. This drama is making me 50% creepier than normal. =( I’m sorry, Lee Min-ho.

            Anyway, its definitely not for sure, but I’m totally hoping for the ‘silent agreement to save the girl and catch the bad guy together’ scenario, its just too cute. They make awesome, Batman-esque partners.

          • samgetang

            @eleven11: that was the whole purpose of him being shot at…so there’s a valid reason to take of his shirt…not just once, but many times, kekeke.

            and I like the batman-esque set-up, too 😉

          • koreandramalover/kdl

            @samgetang dear 😉

            i love you to bits, too, dearie!! 😉

            and i totally agree with everything you said abt the speculations on what could have really triggered what YS and YJ did at that crucial moment of ep 8’s cliffhanger…

            so many possibilities and probabilities…

            and maybe only the cast and crew of City Hunter can really give the answer…

            or for our viewing pleasure later on in the subsequent episodes through revelations in the plot?

            one can only hope… 😉

          • lovee

            hmmm….now, i may be completely wrong, but i rewatched those 5 seconds like 10 times and i kind of feel like YJ wasn’t actually looking at YS…it looks like his eyes are actually focusing past YS, on KNN, which would void the “silent agreement” theory. but like i said, I might just be completely wrong.

        • dramabliss


          You refer to SH as YJ’s ex-wife. Girlfriday does this, too, in the recap.

          I thought she’s an ex-girlfriend, not ex-wife.

          • samgetang

            i thought ex-gf too but saw GF’s comment above and realized that makes sense why there was a reference somewhere about a failed marriage…

          • dramabliss

            I reviewed epi8 and yes, they were once married. SH said YJ is her ex-husband.

          • butterfly

            @bubbleyum, the dumbest are the characters in superman, he just remove his eyeglasses and no one can recognize him as superman. atleast in ch there is a cover in his face

        • girl

          ahh yes i recall that look that was exchanged, but being that they don’t know each other, how could he entrust nana to the city hunter? dunno dunno

    • 5.2 luraaa

      LOL. Lee Moan Hot. I love this. And I love this show.

    • 5.3 ajewell

      Oh good, I’m not alone! That’s how I interpreted it too – that right before they took off running, they shared a look, which signified who would go after who.

      Of course, that would also imply (indirectly?) that YS knows the identity of the City Hunter. Otherwise, I doubt he wouldn’t have left Nana in his hands if he didn’t know he was personally invested in her safety, and could be trusted. Although, considering the lack of a real disguise, knowing his identity now wouldn’t be all that surprising, lol.

      In any case, we’ll know for sure in the next episode. And that makes me even more curious to see what happens next!!

      • 5.3.1 samgetang

        “..that would also imply (indirectly?) that YS knows the identity of the City Hunter. Otherwise, I doubt he wouldn’t have left Nana in his hands if he didn’t know he was personally invested in her safety, and could be trusted. ”

        Not necessarily. Not knowing YS was the CH might actually help YJ trust him more. Based on his track record in the Blue House, YS was not known to be good in either judo, firing a gun or for any athletic ability (remember he even let Seo’s son pulp him without any fight). If YJ knew it was YS, he would not entrust Nana to him. But since he knew the CH was an excellent marksman and amazing fighter, he would be more willing to entrust Nana’s safety to him.

        • hmi4

          Well, but like you say, YJ knows CH is an amazing fighter so if he knows CH=YS, the logic should go “Ah! YS is City Hunter and City Hunter can fight” not “Ah! City Hunter is YS and YS is a wimp.” At this point it’s all speculation what people know or doesn’t know but I think YJ does know CH is YS, and that YS wouldn’t hurt NN, hence the silent agreement. And quite frankly, it’s about time YS gets a sidekick not named Father.

          • samgetang

            “…it’s about time YS gets a sidekick not named Father.”

            LOL! you are so right! thanks, himi4.

            on whether YJ knows that YS is the CH at this point is not clear yet but I would guess not. I only mentioned it as a hypothetical situation.

    • 5.4 Jane

      I agree that there was non-verbal communication between them.

      • 5.4.1 samgetang

        @jane: definitely non-verbal 😉

    • 5.5 trixicopper

      I caught that look too. It seemed like unspoken agreement to me. Me like. 🙂

      • 5.5.1 oreocrush

        i caught that too but didn’t think that it was an unspoken agreement. more the core differences in them. cant really express/explain it well

      • 5.5.2 samgetang

        @trixicopper; me, too 😉

    • 5.6 Featherbird91

      I feel like the whole look between them was that even though the two boys (YJ and CH) were playing cat and mouse in the stairwell moments before, they had even more important targets. They both were after Seo but he had NaNa which made things more complicated.

      When NaNa got flung to the side and Seo ran off, the boys were faced with the decision of what was more important, the job or the girl. YJ chose the job(as normal) and CJ chose the girl whom he loved.

      **The look was them both agreeing that they would continue their chase with one another later and go after their imminent targets first- Seo and NaNa.

      • 5.6.1 DKM

        I think you are spot on in your observation. It is not an agreement that YS will save NN whilst YJ goes after Seo but that they will go at it at a later date.

      • 5.6.2 samgetang

        @featherbird: haha! this unspoken/non-verbal communication between the two guys can have as many interpretations as we would want. and yes, there is a big possibility too that they were agreeing to continue where they left off at a later date. brilliant idea, featherbird!

        @DKM: ditto! 😉

      • 5.6.3 Eleven11

        Are you implying that YJ and CH were making eyes at each other, silently agreeing to make a date later on?

        Continue the chase, so to speak?

        Either way, I think you just made my life. Thank you, internet stranger.

        *scurries off to find inevitable fanfic*

        • koreandramalover/kdl

          @Eleven11 😉

          LOL!!! you are too funnnnyyy!! 😉

        • samgetang

          @eleven11: that’s so funny when you put it like that, haha!

  6. rianna

    omg! idek.
    i already watched it.. but i still need to read your recap and opinion.. I LOVE IT! OMG! IM ADDICTED TO CITY HUNTER. IDEK.

    my question is who did yoosung found out who daddy long legs is??:)

    • 6.1 rianna


      • 6.1.1 Tensai24

        Particularly since it also came with the keychain/charm he had picked out which YS also saw 😉

    • 6.2 Phem

      Remember when YS & YJ bought the same wallet, then YS saw that wallet from Nana and she told him that It’s from his Daddy Long Legs. I think that is why.

      • 6.2.1 rianna

        oooooh.. okay 🙂

    • 6.3 posh♥

      I think YS found that YJ is daddy long legs on that episode where they bought the same wallet and when YS was supposed to give the wallet he bought to NaNa, NaNa already has the wallet YJ bought saying that it’s from her daddy long legs..

  7. olsen

    thank u thank u thank u<3<3<3

  8. Flibbet

    I can do with a literal cliffhanger every now and then 🙂

    • 8.1 plaudite!

      lol 😛

  9. lailoken


    =))) thanks GF!!!

  10. 10 Akosirhenz


    you satistisfy my hunger this
    episode is a cliffhanger LMH LMH =))

  11. 11 Divyrus


  12. 12 Phem

    I love Lee Moan Hot!

  13. 13 jane

    I LOVE your recap. I’m agree with everything you said. Especially about that almost-kiss scene. OHHH I hate it. And anyway, when Yoon Sung was helping Nana in the ending scene…his father saw that scene. Hell, I’m scared what will happen next. I hope his dad won’t do anything to their relationship, but well.. I know he will though.

    • 13.1 Timel

      The Almost-kiss scene was so good and i was chilling until dad ruined it. Why?Why?,Why? Daddy, i hate you now.

    • 13.2 Chocobo

      Haha I love the almost kiss fakeout. It’s episode 8, about the time that the first (real) kiss usually happens, so they totally threw everyone for a loop. Love it.

  14. 14 oreocrush

    LOVE the relationship between YS and shik joong ajusshi. And yes, the vast difference between YJ and YS highlighted at the end of the episode is. awesome.

    Everyone with me now: And this is why you’ll never get the girl, prosecutor.
    HA. totally agree with you girlfriday. That was exactly what I said when i saw that scene.

  15. 15 Divyrus

    You know I actually expected a real bad show and guessed I would probably stick with it for lee min hot. But now am going crazy cuz it’s SO FUCKING AWESOME! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS MUCH AWESOMENESS!
    It’s literally hell waiting for next one!
    Don’t kill LMH or PMY show and then I will hate you forever!
    But whenever I see yoon sung and shik joong together, they are so adorable that I have a bad feeling shik joong is gonna die :'(

    • 15.1 Chingu

      What if his nightmare turns into reality? Nooooooo! No Dying please, show.

  16. 16 Nina

    Best show of the year, so far! Can’t believe I almost decided not to watch this one…

    • 16.1 amy

      Me too! i was going to pass on this drama. Glad i didn’t. 🙂 i’m loving it now.

      • 16.1.1 butterfly

        it never cross in my mind that I will not watch this drama.

  17. 17 ktkaung

    umm… the ending is missing a crucial part… The blood..Oh my god.. the blood from YS’s gunshot wound was trickling down his sleeve as he was pulling Nana’s hand.. That had me clutching my heart… Thank you for the lovely recap. And since there’s a song of the episode missing.. Suddenly by 김보경… It’s very good.

    • 17.1 cookie

      OMFG <
      THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH for the song <333333333333333333333333333333333

      I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU as much as I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE City Hunter & Lee Min-Ho <3333 :3

    • 17.2 Divyrus

      Oh man, this is too bad!
      Bad daddy saw everything. He is gonna do something. I feel too much angst coming!

    • 17.3 mandelbrotr

      And the squishy blood dripping, flesh ripping sound. Shudder.

  18. 18 olsen

    dear GF

    my my..ure totally cracking me up!

    “Men that hot usually ARE the worst”… So true!

    After that night at Yoon-sung’s, when Nana asked what he wanted for dinner, I thought they looked super duper cute! It was like they were newly-wed:)

  19. 19 wanne

    GF, i love you! and i love your recap!

    thank you soooooooooooooo much!

    i cant get enough of this show too, its driving me nuts!

    • 19.1 wanne

      because i always forget what i want to say and thus end up with only a ‘thank you’, i will do this:

      – About the blood. I feel that it will be how YJ will know YS is the city hunter, and maybe confront him about it which later lead to them really working as partners. I think he wont tell anyone about it and will keep it hidden.

      – Lol yeah that’s the most badass thing. LMH did his expressions amazingly here. its like the scene was real. I cringed and could totally feel his pain.

      – Me! Me! I had that lightbulb moment too regarding why there’s a vet in this story. I think the writer did so well in laying every mystery and revealing it just at the right time. Every episode we get to discover new thing.

      – I also like the calmness in the vet personality. For a moment there, I thought she and YS can make a good couple. And I can see the chemistry between them too. No! don’t get me into any second lead syndrome, show! I’m crazy enough with this drama right now. I cant handle an unrequited love.

      – Nana grumbling over YS and chocked on her toothpaste then blaming him for it, so cute!

      *continue to read*

      • 19.1.1 City Hunter's biggest fan

        We don’t need second lead syndrome to come now. this is already a great heartbreaker drama.

      • 19.1.2 SweetiePie54

        I totally agree about the chemistry between YS and the vet. I can feel 2nd lead syndrome sneaking up on me and I have NEVER had 2nd lead syndrome before.

      • 19.1.3 melonhead

        yeah, I love that about action dramas, how the second lead female isn’t necessarily a bitch, just ‘cos she’s not the main girl. Sae hee was awesome in being a bit of a (dare I say) girl friday to Yoon Sung. Love that dynamic!

      • 19.1.4 kaka

        I agree that YS and SH have good chemistry. Only, it’s not love chemistry. YS is totally into NN and I think SH still has feeling toward YJ.

  20. 20 Katherine

    I shouldn’t have started watching this whilst it’s still airing. I’m becoming obsessed refreshing your site for re-caps, stalking soompi for extra info and re-watching the show over and over again.
    Forever be grateful for the re-caps you give and your thoughts. WHY OH WHY ?!! Did the dad have to call at the almost kiss, seriously the sexual tension between the two is driving me crazy, just hurry up and hook up people !! lol (I sound so perverted but oh-well. It happens when it comes to Lee Min Ho).
    The ending is killer !! I guess they must’be heard our protests at the lack of a good cliff-hanger because you can’t get any better than that and ep7 one.
    Who else is digging the budding friendship *don’t know if I can call it that* between Sae-hee and Yoon-sung, I’m hoping Sae-hee won’t turn into a jealous second heroine *fingers-crossed* because I like the character.

    Thanks for the re-cap ^^

    • 20.1 Quinze

      I agree!
      I picked the ONE drama I can allow myself to watch that has me going crazy obsessing over it.
      Nevermind that I don’t have TIME to be obsessing with med school ruling my life but I really must be a sucker for punishment.

      I def dig this new friendship going on because as much as YS is a badass on his own he really could use as many allies as possible esp if he’s going to keep this double life a secret from others. I’m with you though, I know she’s a little vulnerable and prob can’t think to pass up a chance to dig at her ex-hubby a little but I’m really hopeful that she doesn’t turn for the worst bec I really like her the way she is now.

      Heh I KNEW he wasn’t going to be able to kiss her as much as it was like being doused with ice cold water when that phone rang!

    • 20.2 leesan

      I now obssess with this series as well, i need to find information about next episode and rewatch previous episode over n over ’cause can’t wait for 5 days for next wednesday episode to air.
      THANK You Girlfridays for ur hilarous comments….I am laughing out loud in the middle of the night.
      I love the soundtrack songs especially the one during almost-kissing-scene. That rocker chic song…anyone knows where to find the complete song?

  21. 21 Summer

    I nearly cried when i saw blood dripping down from YS’s arm… he is injured, but he can’t bear to see his girl from falling off…

    Initially, i thought both guys are going to reach out to Nana…and was hoping that YS will be the 1st one to reach out to her… but i never think that YJ was interested in chasing after Target No.2 instead of saving Nana who could fall anytime…..

    Hope Nana saw what a ‘good’ prosecutor YJ is and should avoid getting too close to him…

    If Nana knows that the city hunter is YS, she should be seeing YS from a different perspective and will know that his busy nights are meant for something serious and not flirting with girls… hehehe…

  22. 22 Net-chan

    Wow you decribed my feelings perfectly in the introduction!!! Maybe that’s because we weren’t expecting much of City Hunter hence it turns out to be VERY good! I can’t wait for next week!

    I even watch the episodes without subtitles as soon as they’re out on d-addicts haha.

    Thanks for the recap gf ^^!

  23. 23 ck1Oz

    It was a great episode.

    The other thing…I don’t actually recall GF being THIS in love for awhile 🙂

  24. 24 Adzureen

    I love when he said, “We live together, we’re family.” schweeet….
    OMG!! The almost-kiss!!! swoon…
    OMG!! OMG!! The ending!!! Can’t it be Wednesday tomorrow? 🙂

  25. 25 mandelbrotr

    Thanks for that last screen shoot: the image of Nana superimposed with Yoon-sung’s reflection. The show did that beautifully. Iconic.

    A couple little things I liked Nana’s vigorous teeth brushing and the playful chamber music behind the bathroom cat fight.

    Other than the awesome cliff hanger this episode left me mostly thinking about Yoon-sung and guns. We saw his earlier trauma being asked to shoot his foster mother. He chases after the bad guys in Thailand shooting but it is in the moment and haphazard. And so far in his Korea time line he has avoided using guns. (Another Bourne similarity, gun avoidant.) At this point his non-use has gotten him into trouble with Dad. I’m greatly anticipating how the plot will use this. What is the point that he will be forced to use a gun and against whom?

    • 25.1 hajroutta

      @ mandelbrotr : good point ! It never accured to me . but now that you mentioned it ! it’s true !

  26. 26 Eleven11


    • 26.1 lw


      • 26.1.1 Raine

        I’M IN PAIN TOO T_T

        THREE MORE DAYS TO GO…………..

    • 26.2 Eleven11


      • 26.2.1 blue

        LOL. THIS.

        • caramenilla


  27. 27 EmoBunny

    oommgg!! <3 the re-cap! thankyou!
    caan't wait for next week <3

  28. 28 moredrama

    its amazing how sensitive this ep made me feel everytime YS got hit on his shoulder i was wincing in my seat
    i love this story since ys actually has a backbone to stand up tp evil daddy he totally gets the fine line b/w being a hero and a villan it takes guts
    plus the vet lady was really cool in this ep lady of steel methinks yj doesnt deserve her at all
    romance b/w ys and kn is unfolding beautifully just like all super hero stories the passion the angst the fear its all there
    and yes the cliffhangers have imp dramatically 🙂

  29. 29 hajroutta

    Thnk you for the recap .. 🙂

    i’ve been waiting for you to comment this particular episode coz it’s the one that moved the most nd made fall , deeply , in love with this show ..

    I think what makes City Hunter so special is :

    1) How they manage to combine both Action and Romance without making this take it over the other , adding smoothly those funny little moments that gives it a CUTE flavor …

    2) the actors’ performances are STILLING !
    Lee min ho did a great job … esp this last scene where he grabs Nana and start bleeding from his wounded shoulder ! It’s like I felt his pain and it felt soo REAL !!

    3) Although some may not like the OST (from comments i’ve read on this website ) I think that it’s pretty well chosen … backgroud music highlighted every important action performed , making me nervous , stressed and worrying sick about what’s gonna happen next !

    I hope this show won’t dissapoint me like “BAD GUY ” , and i’m looking forward for the episodes to come to feed my DRAMA ADDICTION ! 🙂

    • 29.1 hajroutta

      OUPS ! I meant STUNNING * acting xD

  30. 30 dany

    Thanks for the recap!
    I have to say, I felt like killing Nana when she made that judo movement and threw him directly on the pavement; ok, I get it, she was angry/jealous whatever, how about a slap or something? She didn’t know he was hurt, but still….

    • 30.1 VickedVic

      Aw i totally agree!! I feel like she overuses that move a fair bit… and only with YS… i mean, what about the sleazebag son of Target No. 2!!!
      Seriously, everyone targeted his poor shoulder in this ep… TEAR!!!!

  31. 31 Raine

    ROFL the way you recapped some of the scenes in this episode (the sofa almost-kiss scene especially) had me laughing my heads off 😛

    Thanks for a great laugh before I head off to sleep, GF! Love your recaps cuz it’s hilarious 😛

    And Episode 8 is my fav so far <3 lots of cute and smexy moments, and a great cliffhanger ending.. I'm going crazy waiting and counting down the days till episode 9… whyyyy noo preview whyyyyyyyyyyy at least it'd ease my suffering a little T.T

  32. 32 mskololia

    This drama is so cool right now….

    Thanks GF for the great recap!

  33. 33 Celexa

    This is the first drama I am downloading and saving… I want to come back and watch this drama over and over.

    I will be 90 and my grandkids will be “there’s grandma watching some actor who’s last name is HOT”

    • 33.1 bleu

      Oh me too. I am keeping this one next to soulmate and Time between Dogs and Wolf copy in my “Hubby, if you ever touch/erase any of this files you’re so dead! folder”

      • 33.1.1 78446

        LOL, I’m not the only one then! I actually bought a new external hard drive $$$ last week when I realized I wasn’t erasing City Hunter (and CYHMH) files at all after watching them.

        Shoutout to MJP who gave me the idea weeks ago (which I never thought I’d use).

    • 33.2 dramabliss

      Haha! Right now, as I am reading this, I am saving kdrama files I have downloaded to my laptop to an external hard drive. There’s already a back-up folder in the drive, but to be sure, I still save them in a separate folder. They are that precious to me, you can tell.

  34. 34 abel

    super thanks for the recap. it’s too addicting!

  35. 35 fortuneteller

    I think the purpose of having different cars is because if a witness saw a black sleek sports car everytime an incident happened then Young-ju would start thinking its not a coincidence..and start looking into all black sleek sports cars owned by people living in Seoul…..that would be a hassle
    he is probably just covering his tracks.

    • 35.1 amy

      Good. Like!

  36. 36 k-soup

    Bad phone! messing up things.. ALWAYS!

  37. 37 chasen8888

    After watching the 1st and 2nd episodes of this show. I have issues with it especially in the case of the adoptive father being a drug lord/arms leader and some related stuff. However, I just cannot stop watching the show because it is an interesting watch and addictive. I do like YS and Nana together they are showing their developing relationship and what makes them tick.

    It also shows a possible 4some City Hunter team in the future. The reason why Young Ju went after the bad guy was due to the silent communication between him and City Hunter i.e. he – goes for bad guy, CH – Nana & maybe escape. This also sets up the possibility of Nana finding out his true identity & he’s not just a playboy.

    Love your recap girlfriday. My favorite being-



    Dad, you have the WORST timing ever! Show, I love and hate you so much right now.”

    That is so funny and so true.

  38. 38 k-soup

    Bad phone! messing up things .. ALWAYS!

  39. 39 seasea

    wow been refreshing all day! Yay! It’s finally here. I started watching this drama this week, starting from ep7 cause i’ve been reading recaps for the earlier episodes and I’m so glad i did. Ep 7 and 8 were amazing. I was captivated through out the episodes. I think i’ve found my crack of the year. May dramas have been good and i’ve been enjoying them but THIS captured my heart right away and i can totally feel the addiction coming. Oh why oh why did i start on it now. I’m in the middle of exam period seriously. Here I am instead of studying for the exam tomorrow, constantly checking dramabeans for city hunter recap!

    • 39.1 holly

      totally understand – I have a maths exam tomorrow and instead of revising i’m reading CH recap! feel bad but did make myself revise a bit before i went online 🙂

      why oh why is this drama so addictive?

  40. 40 Cabbage



    • 40.1 Celexa

      Thank you Cabbage! I think they slowed down the spoon sequence just enough to show his skill! Damn he’s good!

      That type of action takes skill!

    • 40.2 Melissa


    • 40.3 Molly

      What episode was this from?

      • 40.3.1 Cabbage

        Ep 3. But I’m hoping Spoon will be brought back in later episodes, and not just appear as a cameo. It’s very sexy. Much better than Clear File in ep. 5.

  41. 41 soiia

    Girlfriday! You missed a part at the end! The part where Jin Pyo is looking at the two of them struggling and have the I’m-gonna-be-the-partypooper look!!

    I went so nuts over this episode, but it also makes me wonder how the love triangle will turn out to be now that I feel it’s pretty ovbious Young-ju lost a looot of points for skipping past Nana..

    • 41.1 Cabbage

      She’ll probably forgive him because she’s stupid like that. But he’s been losing for a while, I think.

    • 41.2 Raine

      Yea, I got goosebumps when we realized that daddy was watching everything from below. Wonder what he’s going to do to Nana, got a bad feeling… it makes the already-perfect ending (literally cliffhanger) to this episode that much more amazing and suspenseful 🙂

    • 41.3 Tensai24

      I think that this drama is refreshing in that we aren’t going to see any second-lead drama. YJ isn’t in love with Nana – he is watching over her out of guilt/in repentance, a lot like SJ ajusshi. He still loves SH but he can’t give her the attention she deserves. As for Nana, we can see she’s already fallen for Yoonsung (despite her vehement denials). I don’t think we’re gonna see her crushing on Prosecuter Prince ;p

      And Yoonsung has been in love with Nana since her saw her picture 7 years ago – he’s only been falling deeper from the beginning. I loved his face when she judo-flipped YJ the first time he saw her in person, like, “She was THIS type of person?!” But also very impressed Ahahaha

      The only person I can see harboring a one-sided love at this point is the vet for YS. Da Hae is harmless, and as much as that sort of character usually annoys me, I find Gu Hara kind of endearing.

      • 41.3.1 oreocrush

        HA. The judo flip and LMH’s expression

  42. 42 ishrooroo

    Oh Daddy is NOT gonna be happy. I want her to find out already! Before he breaks his arm trying to save her..

    • 42.1 oreocrush

      Yes please let Nana know YS is the city hunter! her entire impression of YS is so gonna change.

      • 42.1.1 Eleven11

        Oh man, I can’t WAIT for the reveal. Will they leave it til the end though? After CH has done something to Nana that will cause major angst?

        If he reveals it now, he might be in too good a position – if she gets angry at him for being The Bad Guy, he can just be like “Dude, you shot me. And then I saved your life. We are even.”

        I feel like the drama wouldn’t pass up the opportunity for some prime angst with the reveal. Although I suppose Nana having to choose between her duty and her Hottie McHot Hot roommate would be angst enough…

        Oooooh I don’t know!!! gah… drama… why so awesome…

        • koreandramalover/kdl

          you are so spot-on, Eleven11 !!! 😉

          why so awesome, indeed!! 😉

    • 42.2 Tensai24

      Wouldn’t it be kind of fun to have a 49 Days-ish “I know you know” kind of thing?

  43. 43 omo_omo

    “…only Young-ju zooms past Nana towards Seo Yong-hak, while Yoon-sung runs straight for her. Everyone with me now: And this is why you’ll never get the girl, prosecutor.”

    So true. Like come on. Why do you need to run for that bastard Seo when you’re girl is hanging-mid-air. No sense Young-ju…

    Oh well, papel.

    Love LMH. so hot… 😉

  44. 44 VickedVic

    THANKS FOR YOUR RECAP GF!! It is just as addicting as Lee Min HOT in CH!!!
    That shooting practice scene…. AHK, it killed me inside to see YS so unsure of himself…

  45. 45 stranger

    It’s finally up! Thanks so much for the amazing recap gf!

    I felt like in that moment just before Yoon Sung went for Nana and Young Ju went for the baddie, the two men exchanged this brief look of understanding. A mutual agreement to temporarily put away their own issues and fight for their common cause. It’s sort of like they knew who was going for what that the prosecutor went for the baddie and Yoon Sung went to rescue Nana. Woot!

  46. 46 lw

    I thought i found my drama of the year with Best Love but City Hunter is way surpassing it. I am obsessed.

    • 46.1 girl

      i agreeeee, city hunter over best love ^^

  47. 47 kanobi

    What does ‘daddy long leg’ mean? I have heard this term time and again in various korean movies and serials but never got the meaning. Google search says its some kind of spider or stuff but I am sure its not that 😉 Could anyone explain?

    • 47.1 Summer

      i think it means someone who has been helping another without the other party knowing who is that person. However, you know that there is this 1 person helping you. Someone who either help you financially or emotionally giving you support. It may not be an uncle and could be someone around the same age as you…

      • 47.1.1 kanobi

        Thanks Summer for your reply.

    • 47.2 samgetang

      hi kanobi, daddy long legs refers to the korean film of same title where ha ji won’s character gets support from a secret benefactor whom she calls daddy long legs. same case here in CHunter.

      • 47.2.1 kanobi

        Thanks Sam

      • 47.2.2 holly

        it was an american film before korean, and that based on book from 1912 in which orphan sent money or support and she sends him letters in reply

        • samgetang

          you are right, holly. the 2005 korean film was based on the american film/novel of the same title.

        • dramabliss

          I loved this book which I read when I was a teen-ager.

          • samgetang

            haha! yes, dramabliss, same here…this is one of our book review assignments back in middle school 😉

          • momo

            May I know the name of the book and the author?

            Thanks in advance!

    • 47.3 adney


      • 47.3.1 kanobi

        Adney, thanks for the link.

      • 47.3.2 momo

        ah, thanks…I didnt know the korean movie was based on the book and another movie (thanks for the info samgetang and holly)

  48. 48 Pandaaaed




  49. 49 LMF

    I thought you would have chosen the near-kiss as the title picture but am I glad you’ve decided on this one instead!

    I was so moved by LMH’s performance throughout this entire episode, but in particular, I was totally in awe with him in his dream scene – no lines, just pure emoting through his eyes. PMY was quite good there too, but she’s clearly not in the same league as LMH.

  50. 50 ellewu



    LOL ^.^ same here i was literally holding my breath for what seemed like forever only to be disappointed, creeper daddy really knows how to spoil the moment.

    “Why so cool, Show? Just hand me a spoon. I’ll eat it up.”

    don’t need a spoon, i’m devouring it already 🙂 CH will keep me sane after my Best Love ends, so Show thank you 🙂

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